Quality not Quantity

Quality not Quantity. I think that it’s fair to say that this concept can be applied to pretty much everything there is in life. This has become even more pronounced as I’ve begun to acquire more clients and grow my business;  that the quality of each session I have with a client is what matters to me most.

I received the biggest compliment the other day from one of my guy clients. He’s in his early 40’s and told me that I am the first person who has ever explained to him how a movement is supposed to feel in his own body. It was one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments.  He went on further to say that no one has ever described to him how to engage his core. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all 😉

I’m different in many ways from most personal trainers. I have a Biology degree, so that’s always a good start. So l have a pretty good understanding of the human body. And unlike a lot of trainers who regurgitate what they’ve read on bodybuilding.com (not that it’s a bad resource, because it’s not), I truly research the information I provide to my clients! I’d be ashamed if my fitness facts were simply parroted versions of that website. And if I don’t know something, you better believe I will get you an answer from a renowned source;  academic journal, medical publication, or peer review journal. I’m also a big advocate of mobility (but that’s a whole ‘notha topic), which often goes overlooked by other trainers. Every person’s body moves differently because they have developed muscle tensions or injuries specific to them, so I adapt my workouts with that in mind.

Anyway, back to my original story. Hearing that comment from my client about how I’ve explained to him how a movement should feel, seriously made my day and I will never forget him sharing that with me. It’s hard to put into words, I’m so humbled that I’m the person that has taught him not to simply emulate movement but actually know how its supposed to feel (huge difference)!

I train him along with his wife and they recently took a little beach vacay. They reported back to me how they rented bikes (which they’d never done before), went on long beach walks everyday (also had never done in years past), and made healthy meals to boot! Hearing this literally made me beam with happiness! Knowing that I influenced both of them to make healthier choices… Honestly just makes me smile thinking about it 🙂

It is these moments when a client shares with me a change they have made in their life –  drinking more water, holding better posture, joining a morning workout group, stretching everyday, eating cleaner – that I am humbled by how much my words of encouragement have influenced these people to make positive changes in their lives.


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    June 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I saw you post something recently about what a difference strength training has made on your body. But you were already quite lean by then right? My question is, for someone who wants to lose twenty to thirty pounds…should a lot of strength training be done in the beginning as well? Or is is best to do less strength training til you lower your body fat first? Hopefully this isn’t the dumbest question ever! You’re amazing and your body is to die for. Keep it up!

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      liveng proof
      July 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Hey girl! Thank you for your sweet words! It’s funny, as I began writing my response to you I realized I had a lot of info I wanted to share (and no your question is not dumb AT ALL)! So I actually just ended up turning it into an entire post – and I owe it all to you! Thanks for inspiring me to write this up because I actually get this question all of the time! Hope it helps – let me know if you have any other questions <3 xo Engrid

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    July 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you so much for that!<3 It has helped so much. But now I'm running into a problem of strength training making me too tired or my legs too weak to do cardio after, should I consider cardio first on leg days? or maybe I'm not eating enough.. I'm not sure! You're amazing, and again thank you soo much!(:

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      liveng proof
      July 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Props for pushing yourself girl!! I’ve been there in a workout where you kind if just hit a wall finding and just run out of energy. Whatever you decide to do first is dependent upon your goal! You can definitely do cardio before an intense leg-lifting sesh! I’ve done it both ways and I can tell on days I’ve done cardio first, I really run out of steam during my lift (toward the end)! It makes a huge difference if I put a little energy into my system before I challenge it! I will sometimes do my cardio first thing in the morning (like 7-7:30AM) and then lift later around 11ish. I like to sip on a brown rice protein/coconut water/almond milk/coffee drink just before I lift! When I don’t so this I hit a wall! So it’s all about finding balance and what works for you!! Whatever order you choose, just remember what you do first is what you will have the most energy for and reap it’s benefits most! If your goal that day is to condition your heart and burn fat you may choose to do a HIIT cardio sesh first! But if you want to elevate you’re metabolism long after you leave the gym and really sculpt your curves (which also burns fat btw) maybe you want to have the most energy for that, so you’d do your lift first….hope that was helpful!! Sorry for the super long novel!! Thanks for all of your sweet comments! Let me know if you have any other q’s 🙂

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